Monssen, Mons, LT

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Last Service Branch
Ordnance Technician
Last Primary NEC
616X-Limited Duty Officer - Ordnance - Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1918-1924, New York
Service Years
1889 - 1925
Ordnance Technician

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Home Town
Last Address
Brooklyn, New York

Date of Passing
Feb 10, 1930
Location of Interment
Cypress Hills National Cemetery - Brooklyn, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Officers' Section East, Grave 190

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Last Known Activity

Mons Monssen was a chief gunners mate serving on USS Missouri (BB-11) on April 13, 1904 when a charge ignited while a 12-inch gun was being loaded for target practice. Eighteen officers and men lost their lives. Monssen entered the burning magazine through the scuttle and threw water on the fire with his hands until a hose was passed to him. For his actions he received the Medal of Honor a month later.

Monssen was warranted as a gunner on May 27, 1904 and promoted to chief gunner on May 27, 1910.  He was commissioned lieutenant in July 1918 and he retired December 15, 1925.  He died at the Naval Hospital, Brooklyn, New York.

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Medal of Honor Citation:

"Serving on board the U.S.S. Missouri, for extraordinary heroism in entering a burning magazine through the scuttle and endeavoring to extinguish the fire by throwing water with his hands until a hose was passed to him, 13 April 1904."

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US NavyNAS New York
  1902-1904, GM-0000, USS Missouri (BB-11)
  1906-1907, USS Iowa (BB-4)
  1907-1909, NAS New York
  1909-1912, USS Connecticut (BB-18)
  1910-1914, New York
  1914-1917, Cavite Philippines
  1918-1924, New York
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